Monday, May 28, 2012

Move over 1080p, 4K is on the way

Just when you were getting smug with your 3D 1080p video display, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) just adopted specs for the next generation of video called "Ultra High Definition Television", UHDT.

The new spec comes in two flavors, 4K and 8K. 4K means the pixel count is 3,840 x 2,160 giving 8 megapixels per screen, instead of today's 1,080 x 1920 pixels which has 2 Megapixels. The 8K version packs 32 megapixels. This will be wonderful.

Already Peter Jackson and others are shooting in this new format. Get ready to re-buy all your favorite movies - again and start saving up for that new 4K screen.

But where will the madness end? I'll tell you. 576 megapixels. That's the estimated resolution of what the eye can really detect. Doing a little math for a 16x9 ration screen, [(16x)(9x) = 576Megapixels, solving for x gives us 2Megapixels] yields a screen 32Meg by 18Meg.

But, ultimately we will use individual glasses where an image is directly written to each retina by a tiny laser giving us crisp perfect 3D pictures. Yeah, lasers writing to our eye balls, creepy, but get over it - it's the future.

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